In my Artscroll siddur it tells me that the hymn Ana B'Koach was written by the tanna, Rebbi Nechunia ben HaKana and that the first letter of each word can be used to form the 42 letter name of Hashem. I would like to know what the source for either of these claims, authorship and letters spelling out the shem Hashem, is.

  • It is not the 42 letter name of Hashem, it correspondes to the 42 letter name. (Arizal says this) Apr 22, 2013 at 14:51
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    @HachamGabriel, what does that mean?
    – Daniel
    Apr 22, 2013 at 15:05
  • The Rashe Tevot of every word corresponds to the Shem Mem Bet, Apr 22, 2013 at 15:11
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    @HachamGabriel, care to explain what you mean by that? How do they represent it?
    – Daniel
    Apr 22, 2013 at 15:44
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    The acronym shows up in Tikun Hazohar 4.
    – Double AA
    Apr 22, 2013 at 16:52

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from what i understand kabalists attribute the piyut to R' Nechunia ben HaKana, but usually it is dated to the 12th-13th century by "Chassidei Ashkenaz" (who also composed "anim zemirot")


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